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Wildfire, wildlands, and people: understanding and preparing for wildfire in the wildland-urban interface - a forests on the edge report

Author(s): Susan M. Stein, Sara J. Comas, James P. Menakis, Mary A. Carr, Susan I. Stewart, Helene Cleveland, Lincoln Bramwell, Volker C. Radeloff
Year Published: 2013
Description:

Fire has historically played a fundamental ecological role in many of America’s wildland areas. However, the rising number of homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), associated impacts on lives and property from wildfire, and escalating costs of wildfire management have led to an urgent need for communities to become “fire-adapted.” We present maps of the conterminous United States that illustrate historical natural fire regimes, the wildland-urban interface, and the number and location of structures burned since 1999. We outline a sampler of actions, programs, and community planning and development options to help decrease the risks of and damages from wildfire.

Citation: Stein S, Menakis J, Carr MA, Comas SJ, Stewart SI, Cleveland H, Bramwell L, Radeloff VC. 2013. Wildfire, wildlands, and people: understanding and preparing for wildfire in the wildland-urban interface—a Forests on the Edge report. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-299. Fort Collins, CO. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 36 p.
Topic(s): Mapping, Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 16861
Record updated: Jul 26, 2018